"What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," so says Juliet to Romeo. Just in the last week we have seen that the Pope takes on a new name when elected. I've known adults who chose new names at baptism. What's with God changing Sarai's name to Sarah (Gen 17:15) which means princess?
I suppose he is indicating a new role for her - from being barren to being the mother of nations. Now she is royalty. Sarah and her husband are starting a new dynasty. Isaac, Sarah's firstborn son (but not Abraham's firstborn son), is the proof that God's promises of land and descendants are true. God has proven himself in a most spectacular way. What other 90-year-old woman has given birth?
So we see what an important role Sarah had in God's plan. Indeed, she was essential, as was Mary the mother of Jesus.
We have two reflection questions today: What is my role in God's plan? What name does God call me?
Let us pray. God, you called Sarah to a new role, even in her old age. Please allow me to serve you, even to the last day of my life.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.